Derrick Boazman: As time went on, back in, like '86 '87 '88—somewhere thereabout, over time you began to see the power of networking, party flyers, and the emergence of what we begin to call a social network. Because of that it grew. It outgrew the park, it outgrew every school venue, and then it took on a whole different kind of make-up. It became arguably, some would say, the largest gathering of African-American students in the country.
Jermaine Dupri: A free Atlanta, that’s what comes to my thought. Atlanta was, like, untapped. The city didn’t close. It was like 6 in the morning and the clubs stayed open. The traffic situation was bad, but it was in a certain section of town. It wasn’t like the whole city was a part of it. It had some overflow but you had to go into it. It started off at Piedmont Park where mostly college students would be there, people started to do concerts and parties and it just turned into something much bigger than it was before.
It started as something that signified unity within the black colleges...it turned into a big party. —Joe Compton
Joe Compton: I was there for a black college tour and heard about it through heavy word of mouth from Detroit until I reached Atlanta. It was more about being in Atlanta rather than just going to Freaknik. It started as something that signified unity within the black colleges better known as the AUC. It turned into a big party.
Killer Mike: It grew year by year, it doubled, tripled, and quadrupled year by year because it got out of the college campuses and got into the streets with a quickness. And then when it reached downtown Atlanta, which is kind of on the backside of where the AUC center is. When it got there, you knew it was over.